What To Eat On Comp Day

by Kelly Morikawa on January 25, 2012

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Dance shoes? Check.
Pants, shirt, and tie? Check.
Hairspray, bobby pins? Check and check!

You’re packed and ready to hit the road for this weekend’s ballroom competition, but wait…what about food? What should you take to a competition? What will you need? Here are a couple suggestions to keep you energized are a full day of ballroom dancing.

WATER
When you are dancing it is very important to stay hydrated. Bring a couple bottles of water to stave off fatigue and muscle cramps. You will need it!

Find water too bland? Sports drinks, like Gatorade and Vitamin Water, are excellent alternatives and contain electrolytes.

CARBS
Eat a good breakfast! Go for some toast with jam, yogurt, or a bowl of cereal along with a glass of milk or juice to start your day. You will need something to power you through those early morning events. Dancing when your blood sugar level is low will make you slow and sluggish.

Bring fruit! Apples, bananas, and oranges are a great choice and are usually offered at hotel continental breakfasts. Stash a few in your dance bag to nibble on between events. Snack crackers, such as Goldfish or pita chips, are great options as well. Just be sure that your munchies don’t end up on your nice clothes. For example, powdered donuts would not be a wise.

For lunch, tempting as that burger, fries, and extra large soft drink might be, grab a nice sandwich, salad, or pasta dish instead. Aim for something satisfying – not heavy. Most campuses have a Subway, Quiznos, or other local sandwich shop nearby.

Ballroom dancing is fun, but many people forget that competing can be physically demanding. It is important to eat right, stay hydrated, warm up, stretch, as well as get plenty of sleep the night before so that you can perform your best from your first dance in the morning all the way through to your last dance in the evening.

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